Fictional amateur detective created by Dorothy L. Sayers. Born 1890; educ. Eton and Oxford. First appeared in "Whose Body?" (1923); lastly in "Thrones, Dominations". Began as a Bertie Wooster-ish type; gradually became more serious and well-rounded as Sayers used the novels to explore issues of personal liberty and responsibility, and the role of women in society. Is thought to be the most convincing male character ever created by a female author.